Who is this man and why did he plead guilty to Child Pornography?
He was a U.S. Navy Swift boat captain during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain. He was chosen by fellow Swift boat veteran John Kerry to introduce him at the 2004 Democratic Convention, when the Senator accepted the presidential nomination.
Previously, he entered the 2000 congressional race in a San Diego district, but withdrew citing lack of funding. He also served as the senior adviser to California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi for Veterans and Military Affairs until the time of his arrest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He was also in the Clinton administration as a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy.
When Garamendi’s office announced his appointment in July 2007, it said he was a practicing lawyer and a community activist. “He is a member of the San Diego Police Department Senior Oversight Committee and has served on many non-profit boards,” the lieutenant governor’s office said.
His name is Wade Rowland Sanders.
FBI agents raided Sanders’ home last May after they suspected his home Internet service account was used to download several pictures and a video showing underage girls having sex with adult men, according to an investigator’s sworn statement. “Sanders admitted that he had downloaded child pornography using the program Limewire but that he deleted the files once he noticed that they had been downloaded,” FBI Special Agent John Caruthers said.
Now for those who don’t know, Limewire is a very insecure file sharing program. A remote attacker can request and read any file on a host running an affected version of Limewire. The files accessible to a remote attacker include all of the user’s private, local files, and any file on the machine if the user has administrator privileges.
In plain English, it doesn’t matter what a person does to delete a file after it’s been downloaded. There is probably a record in the download file and and another in a Temp file where it was viewed after downloading. It doesn’t take a genius to move a file from the Temp file to the “My Documents” folder so any computer personnel for FBI or Home Land Security could make the transfer.
A search of Sanders’ computer found the child porn files saved on his hard drive in two “My Documents” folders. Which is certainly not the default storage place for Windows.
Wade Rowland Sanders admitted to having 600 images of minors on his computer, including a video depicting “several prepubescent females engaged in sexual conduct with an adult male and performing oral sex on one another,” according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt.
When Sanders, 67, is sentenced on March 30, he could get up to 10 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. The minimum sentence for the charge is five years with supervised release for his lifetime and registration as a sex offender, the prosecutor said.
Now a couple of items are strange. The 600 images are about the same number as the Stefano Computer and these are the easiest to find as they are all hashed and archived in the National Archive of Kiddie Porn Pics. Like any other celebrity prosecution by the government, they picked a pillar of the community who is a veteran and had a noble career (like Stephano). I don’t know what Sanders did to become an enemy of the Bush administration but am getting a better idea of what Stephano did.
So why did he plead guilty of possession?
Kiddie porn is such a heinous crime that once you are charged and a story about you developed by an all powerful government, you have no defense. You may as well crawl in a hole in the ground and die. Just plead guilty and done.
As a footnote to planted evidence, this method is far cleaner than the one used against Stephano. In his case, Agent Carter went on line with Stephano’s computer and surfed known kiddie porn sites. He then went to hidden files which were beyond the technological grasp of Stephano and copied the pictures in order to support a warrant to seize the computer and gather evidence that there were 600 pictures in hidden files in cache memory. All in all a pretty primitive method to plant evidence.
In the case of Mr. Sanders, he downloaded a movie from a honeypot which he found offensive enough to delete. Somebody went to the Temp files and moved it into “My Documents” where it was available to a casual observer without going on line.
Oh well Life sucks and then you die.